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  • Liquid nicotine: Just a teaspoon could kill

    03/24/2014 12:12:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 379 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 24, 2014 | Kate Seamons
    It can be bought on the Internet in flavors like chocolate and bubble gum—and just a teaspoon could kill a child: The New York Times takes a look at liquid nicotine, the e-liquid used in e-cigarettes, which it describes as a "powerful neurotoxin ... far more dangerous than tobacco." And with good reason: Reports of accidental liquid nicotine poisonings rose 300% from 2012 to 1,351 cases last year, with 2014's figure expected to be double that. The victims, many children under the age of four, can experience vomiting and seizures after being exposed to even a modest amount orally or...
  • German doctors: Cannabis can kill you

    02/25/2014 10:51:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 25 Feb 2014 14:31 GMT+01:00
    Marijuana can be deadly, according to German researchers who claim to have discovered the first deaths caused by cannabis. The researchers in Düsseldorf, North-Rhine Westphalia, have been investigating cannabis-related deaths since 2001 and performed post-mortem examinations on 15 people whose deaths were linked to the drug. […] Benno Hartung from the University Hospital in Düsseldorf said he and his colleagues performed autopsies and toxicological tests to rule out other causes of death such as liver disease and alcohol use. …
  • Evidence does not prove Arafat poisoning: Russian report

    11/11/2013 8:20:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/11/2013 | NOAH BROWNING
    A Russian report quoted by Palestinian investigators on Friday said there was insufficient evidence to support the theory that Yasser Arafat died in 2004 by polonium poisoning. The findings were far weaker than those of a Swiss laboratory announced with fanfare on Wednesday by Arafat's widow and Qatar-based al-Jazeera television. Palestinians remained unfazed by the results - which dampen but don't definitely disprove the possibility of death by poisoning - and officials continue to blame arch foe Israel. Samples were extracted from Arafat's corpse last November by Swiss, French and Russian experts after an al-Jazeera documentary revealed unusually high amounts...
  • PLO official urges global probe into Arafat "killing"

    11/07/2013 2:53:19 AM PST · by Netz · 17 replies
    channelnewsasia.com ^ | Nov. 7, 2013
    PLO official urges global probe into Arafat "killing" (Perfect timing for release as PLO-Israeli talks stalling?) A PLO official on Thursday called for an international inquiry into "the killing" of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, a day after Swiss scientists said he probably died from polonium poisoning. RAMALLAH: A PLO official on Thursday called for an international inquiry into "the killing" of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, a day after Swiss scientists said he probably died from polonium poisoning. "The (test) results proved Arafat was poisoned by polonium, and this substance is owned by states, not people, meaning that the crime was...
  • Radiation experts confirm polonium on Arafat clothing

    10/14/2013 3:13:39 PM PDT · by Garvin · 57 replies
    http://www.arabnews.com ^ | 14 October 2013 | AFP
    Swiss radiation experts have confirmed they found traces of polonium on clothing used by Yasser Arafat which "support the possibility" the veteran Palestinian leader was poisoned. In a report published by The Lancet at the weekend, the team provide scientific details to media statements made in 2012 that they had found polonium on Arafat's belongings. Arafat died in France on November 11 2004 at the age of 75, but doctors were unable to specify the cause of death. No autopsy was carried out at the time, in line with his widow's request. His remains were exhumed in November 2012 and...
  • School meal kills 22 in India's Bihar state (insecticide poisoning)

    07/17/2013 5:08:36 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | July 17, 2013
    At least 22 children have died and dozens more have fallen ill after eating lunch at a school in the eastern Indian state of Bihar.The poisoning occurred in the village of Dharmasati Gandaman, 80km (50 miles) north of the state capital, Patna. The free Mid-Day Meal Scheme aims to tackle hunger and boost attendance in schools, but suffers from poor hygiene. Angry parents joined protests against the deaths, setting at least four police vehicles on fire. An inquiry has begun and 200,000 rupees ($3,370) in compensation offered to the families of each of the dead. Twenty-eight sick children were...
  • Sun-Times columnist Steve Neal dies

    02/19/2004 12:13:31 AM PST · by LdSentinal · 23 replies · 497+ views
    Steve Neal, Chicago's premiere political columnist for decades, famous for his encyclopedic knowledge of history and political lore, for endlessly swapping stories with political junkies and for his books that ranged from a biography of Wendell Wilkie to the correspondence between Eleanor Roosevelt and Harry Truman, died Wednesday at his Hinsdale home. He was 54 and had been hospitalized overnight this week at Northwestern Hospital for a heart problem, his family said. Hinsdale police said they responded to a “carbon monoxide alarm’’ Wednesday afternoon at the home. Mr. Neal was among the city's most savvy political analysts, but unlike many...
  • New York Times Resumes Pro-Arafat Rhetoric for Coverage of Poisoning Theory

    07/08/2012 9:50:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/8/12 | AWR Hawkins
    After reports arose that former PLO leader Yasser Arafat’s body will be exhumed for further testing, under the assumption that perhaps he was killed by Israel via radioactive poisoning, the New York Times has picked up right where their pro-Arafat slant left off seven and half years years ago. Writing the Times’ article explaining the poisoning theory, Rick Gladstone described Arafat as “the father figure of Palestinian nationalism.” A father figure? Really? Yet as Newsbusters has shown, this language is not far removed from the praise the Times was heaping on Arafat shortly after his death. In January 2005, the...
  • What a coincidence! Breitbart's coroner dead from arsenic poisoning?

    05/05/2012 1:43:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    RT ^ | 05/03/2012
    The unexpected death of conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart just got a whole lot more mysterious. Only two months after Breitbart’s passing, the coroner that investigated the cause of death may have succumbed to arsenic poisoning. Michael Cormier, 61, passed away on April 20, the Los Angeles Times reports this week. Although Cormier’s death is only being publicized now, the timing of actual passing actually came within hours of the release of the preliminary autopsy report of Breitbart. Commenting to the Times on the latest news, Lt. Alan Hamilton of the Los Angeles Police Department says that investigators have not ruled...
  • Mother whose foster son, 4, died of salt poisoning back in court (Hannah Overton)

    04/28/2012 5:19:32 PM PDT · by patriot08 · 21 replies
    Mail on Line ^ | April 27, 2012 | Rachel Quigly
    Hannah Overton was charged with capital murder, found guilty and handed down a life sentence. This week the 35-year-old was back in a Texas courthouse to try and get her capital murder conviction overturned and convince a judge she did not intentionally poison the four-year-old but that he did it to himself. The defense argued that Andrew had Pica an eating disorder characterized by an obsessive appetite. Overton and her husband told ABC's 20/20 that the boy would eat anything he could get his hands on. The day he collapsed in their home, Andrew was found in the pantry by...
  • Explosion Reported at Home of Ga. 'Chicken Man' (Chicken Man Blows Himself Up)

    03/26/2012 2:35:31 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 27 replies · 32+ views
    ABC News ^ | 03/26/2012 | GREG BLUESTEIN Associated Press
    An explosion on Monday rocked the suburban Atlanta home of a man known for his fight to keep chickens on his property, and emergency officials say a body was found inside. Marshals had been on the scene for about two hours trying to evict Andrew Wordes, who's known as the "Chicken Man," when the explosion happened around 12:45 p.m., said Antonio Johnson of the Fulton County marshal's office. Minutes before the explosion, Wordes told them to leave the property that was in foreclosure. Other than the body found inside the house, which officials did not immediately identify, no one was...
  • Britain: Food chain at risk of being poisoned by terrorist groups(Food Jihad?)

    06/05/2011 6:25:22 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 47 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 06/04/11 | Richard Gray
    Food chain at risk of being poisoned by terrorist groups Food and drink sold in Britain is under a growing threat from terrorist groups which might try to poison supplies, the Government’s security advisers have warned. By Richard Gray, Science Correspondent 9:44PM BST 04 Jun 2011 Manufacturers and retailers have been told that their sector is vulnerable to attacks by ideologically and politically motivated groups that may seek to cause widespread casualties and disruption by poisoning food supplies. The warning from the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure [CPNI], which operates as part of the Security Service, comes as...
  • Released WSPEEDI Simulation, It Shows Very High Organ Dose of Iodine-131 for Infants in Wide Area

    05/22/2011 12:12:16 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 3 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | May 22, 2011 | Ex-SKF
    I mentioned the system called the WSPEEDI simulation system in passing when I wrote about SPEEDI data for the early period of the Fukushima I Nuke Plant accident (March 11 onward). When Professor Kosako resigned from his post as PM special advisor in protest of the 20 millisievert/year radiation limit for school children, he called for the release of WSPEEDI, which can cover much wider area ("several thousand kilometers", according to Professor Kosako). Well well. The Ministry of Education very quietly put the WSPEEDI simulation data on their webpage for SPEEDI data list on May 10, without any fanfare, without...
  • Fugu fish soup leads to mass poisoning in Far East

    10/08/2010 11:26:40 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    RT ^ | 06 October, 2010
    Hospitals in Russia's far-eastern city of Vladivostok have seen an influx of patients with a rare form of fish poisoning. Several people have died. The culprit is the fugu fish – a traditional and popular Japanese delicacy. The catch is you have to cook it very carefully because just one fish contains a poison capable of killing over 30 people. In Japan, only very experienced, specially trained cooks are allowed to dress fugu. Fugu fish are not usually found off Vladivostok, but the warm summer saw their numbers grow. Hungry anglers took it upon themselves to make what they thought...
  • Breaking: Reuters Reports 3 U.S. Embassy Workers in Paris Treated for Poisoning After Opening Mail

    07/30/2010 4:37:26 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 35 replies · 2+ views
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  • Freon can KILL you

    07/12/2010 12:47:45 PM PDT · by rstrahan · 46 replies · 2+ views
    7/12/2010 | Self
    We all take automotive refrigerant (R-12/R-134) as part of the car. But this stuff can KILL YOU. Found out the hard way. Wife was in the car, AC failed, dumped all the freon into the cabin of the car. She got a big shot of it. 30 minutes later, she is very dizzy, very sick. An hour, she's flat on the floor, throwing up blood. Got her to the ER, they started work. She's home now and recovering. But if we had not got her to the ER, she could have died. You do research, the medical articles say "if...
  • Australian police probe poisoning of 7M veggie plants; tomato shortage could double prices

    07/10/2010 1:04:56 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | 7-7-10 | unattributed
    Was it a competitor or just a vandal who poisoned 7 million vegetable plants at a seedling nursery in Australia? The sabotage — estimated at a loss of 23.5 million Australian dollars ($20.3 million) — could more than double produce prices across the country due to decreased supply. About 4 million tomato seedlings were poisoned, as well as bell peppers, melons and eggplant. The region of Bowen, in northern Queensland state, grows the majority of Australia's winter vegetables. Police investigations found that a herbicide was introduced in late June into the irrigation system of the Supa Seedlings nursery, which sells...
  • Health Care and Cadmium

    06/07/2010 4:17:35 PM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 6 replies · 20+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 6/7/10 | Mark Roberts
    Cadmium. Sounds like a super cool name for a new car, doesn't it? Wow, here the voiceover on the commercial: "Be the first on your block to drive the new Cadmium." Actually, you likely would not want to because of what that name means. According to HealthLine.com, Cadmium can be very toxic, and is dangerous if it is swallowed or inhaled. It is used in a large number of industrial applications. In the United States, over 10 million pounds of cadmium are used industrially every year. While spontaneous recovery from mild cadmium exposure is common, doses as low as 10...
  • Afghanistan: Girls' school attacked with toxic chemicals

    04/22/2010 5:04:29 PM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 385+ views
    (ADNKRONOS INTERNATIONAL - AKI, April 21, 2010) via JIHAD WATCH.org ^ | Posted by Marisol on April 22, 2010 5:19 AM | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Kabul, 21 April (AKI) - At least 12 female students were hospitalised in Afghanistan on Wednesday after inhaling a poisonous substance sprayed at a school in northern Afghanistan. The 12 students of the Fatima Zahra Girl School, and a teacher and an assistant were mysteriously poisoned, Hamayon Khamush, director of the hospital in Kunduz city, was quoted as saying by Xinhua." SNIPPET: "To defend their ideology, Taliban militants have attacked girl students with gas and acid." SNIPPET: "In May last year 90 girls were hospitalised in Kapisa province, north-east of the capital, after someone sprayed toxic chemicals in the...
  • Harvard: Lab workers poisoned by tainted coffee

    10/25/2009 1:37:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 1,055+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 25, 2009
    BOSTON — Six Harvard University medical researchers were poisoned in August after drinking coffee that was laced with a chemical preservative, according to university officials. In an internal memo first reported in the Boston Herald's Sunday editions, the school said the coffee came from a machine near their lab that later tested positive for sodium azide, a common preservative used in labs. The six reported symptoms after drinking the coffee Aug. 26, ranging from dizziness to ringing in the ears, and one passed out. They were treated at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and later released.
  • Son suing over dad's death by poisoning

    08/13/2009 11:34:55 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 10 replies · 1,219+ views
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | 8/11/09 | Gary Harmon
    The gruesome death of Jim Robinson nearly 40 years ago to the day was replayed Tuesday in a Mesa County courtroom in a wrongful death suit being pursued by Robinson’s son. Matt Robinson of Grand Junction is suing Meeker sheep rancher Nick Theos for damages related to his father’s death, which was attributed decades later to exposure to thallium, a poisonous element used in the 1950s and 1960s for a variety of purposes, from killing insects to coyotes. Nick Theos frequently used thallium to kill coyotes and other predators, Matt Robinson’s attorney, Keith Killian, told a jury of five women...
  • China: Experts blame psychosomatic reaction for sickness of thousands ....

    05/15/2009 1:46:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 302+ views
    People's Daily ^ | 05/14/09
    Experts blame psychosomatic reaction for sickness of thousands near chemical plants, residents disagree Experts on Thursday ruled out the possibility of chemical pollution as the cause for amass illness that hospitalized 161 people in northeast China's Jilin Province. Several thousands of people have developed symptoms of headache,nausea, muscle fatigue and seizures since April 23 after inhaling an irritant gas since April 23 in an industrial park in Jilin City,Jilin province. All of them were workers of Jilin Chemical Fiber Co., Ltd. (JCF) and residents around the company. A total of 161 people were hospitalized, 11 of whom had been released...
  • 'Green' lightbulbs poison workers

    05/09/2009 4:30:22 PM PDT · by television is just wrong · 20 replies · 1,338+ views
    WHEN British consumers are compelled to buy energy-efficient lightbulbs from 2012, they will save up to 5m tons of carbon dioxide a year from being pumped into the atmosphere. In China, however, a heavy environmental price is being paid for the production of “green” lightbulbs in cost-cutting factories. Large numbers of Chinese workers have been poisoned by mercury, which forms part of the compact fluorescent lightbulbs. A surge in foreign demand, set off by a European Union directive making these bulbs compulsory within three years, has also led to the reopening of mercury mines that have ruined the environment. Doctors,...
  • Woman seen tampering with baby food denied bond

    02/18/2009 5:37:28 PM PST · by driftdiver · 22 replies · 1,244+ views
    WSVN.com ^ | Feb 18, 2009 | WSVN
    TAMARAC, Fla. (WSVN) -- A Broward County judge denied bond to a woman spotted by a Publix shopper pouring an unspecified black liquid into jars of baby food inside the grocery store on the evening of Feb. 12. According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, the witness viewed 50-year-old Shirley W. Ybarra using a plastic syringe to transfer the unknown dye from a Victoria's Secret body splash container to an Earth's Best banana food jar inside the grocery chain's 4121 West Commercial Blvd. location. When store employees confronted her, the suspect told them she had been mixing food for her son...
  • Blowfish poisoning sends 7 to hospital in Japan

    01/27/2009 10:20:56 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 67 replies · 1,537+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/27/09 | AP
    TOKYO — Blowfish testicles prepared by an unauthorized chef sickened seven diners in northern Japan and three remained hospitalized Tuesday after eating the poisonous delicacy. The owner of the restaurant in Tsuruoka city, who is also the chef, had no license to serve blowfish and was being questioned on suspicion of professional negligence, police official Yoshihito Iwase said.
  • Two fall sick after eating Chinese bean paste in Japan

    09/20/2008 6:06:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies · 196+ views
    AFP ^ | 09/20/08
    Two fall sick after eating Chinese bean paste in Japan Sat Sep 20, 1:26 AM ET Two employees of a Japanese confectionery company fell sick after eating China-made bean paste in the latest apparent food scare here, police and the firm said Saturday. The workers at Marusei Honten confectionery in central Nagano prefecture noticed a strange smell like petroleum oil when they opened the five-kilogram (11-pound) package of red-bean paste on Friday, police said. They tasted it to check on the quality and felt sick soon afterwards, police said.
  • Japan: China traces dumpling poisoning to factory (deliberate poisoning by some worker)

    09/02/2008 5:33:36 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 187+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08/30/08
    China traces dumpling poisoning to factory Sat Aug 30, 2:22 AM ET A row over pesticide-laced Chinese dumplings has moved a step closer to a settlement after China told Japan that a factory worker was probably to blame, NHK public television said on Saturday. Ten Japanese became sick after eating pesticide-contaminated dumplings which had been imported from China, stirring intense media coverage earlier this year. Japan and China have long been at odds over where the dumplings were contaminated, with both denying sabotage in their home countries. Earlier this month, the Japanese government said China had told Japan in July...
  • Broken Compact Fluorescent Causes Mercury Poisoning (Vapor problem overlooked by RATS)

    06/13/2008 6:24:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 97 replies · 205+ views
    Rush Limbaugh .com ^ | 6/13/08 | The Maha
    Broken Compact Fluorescent Causes Mercury PoisoningJune 13, 2008 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: To Royse City, Texas. Jonathan, glad you called. Nice to have you here. CALLER: Yes, thank you. I admire you a lot, and I really love your program. RUSH: Thank you, sir, very, very, very, very much. CALLER: I just wanted to tell you about a little incident I had at work with these lightbulbs that all the Democrats and liberals are promoting saying they're better for everybody and -- RUSH: You're talking about the compact fluorescent lightbulbs. CALLER: That is correct. RUSH: What happened, were you mandated at...
  • Feta Cheese Made From Raw Milk Has Natural Anti-food-poisoning Properties

    04/03/2008 6:46:31 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 236+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4-3-2008 | General Microbiology
    Feta Cheese Made From Raw Milk Has Natural Anti-food-poisoning Properties ScienceDaily (Apr. 3, 2008) — Eating Feta cheese made from raw milk in small seaside tavernas when you are on holiday in Greece could be a good way to combat food poisoning, according to researchers speaking April 3, 2008 at the Society for General Microbiology's 162nd meeting being held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. "We were able to isolate lactic acid bacteria found in raw sheep milk from small farms in Macedonia, northern Greece. Several of these friendly bacteria naturally produce antibiotics that killed off dangerous food-poisoning bacteria like...
  • Mystery Food Poisoning Traced To Salads

    03/24/2008 3:45:15 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 699+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 3-24-2008
    Mystery food poisoning traced to salads 24 March 2008 NewScientist.com news service Analysis of 2006 spinach poisoning outbreak in the US The rate of food poisoning from salad greens in the US is hugely outstripping increases in their consumption. Three large outbreaks in 2006 that between them made 300 Americans sick were traced to bulk-prepared greens. "For most outbreaks, investigators are unable to pinpoint where contamination occurred," says Michael Lynch of the US Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia. Whatever the cause, increased consumption is not it. Between 1986 and 1995, Americans ate 17 per cent more leafy greens...
  • Vanity: Looking for safe toys (and components) not made in china

    11/08/2007 9:19:38 AM PST · by Freedom2specul8 · 53 replies · 402+ views
    11-08-07 | Self
    I hope no one minds the topic of this thread. With the holidays coming up, I thought this might be of use to not just me, but all parents, grandparents, families etc.. A list of ideas from others, and this thread could be an EXCELLENT reference guide. As a new grandparent of a child less than 2 1/2 yrs old, I am looking for safe alternative toys and toy parts that do not originate in china. If the toddler puts it in his/her mouth, (aside from being big enough that he/she can't swallow it)...it needs to be a material that...
  • Meteorite makes villagers ill

    09/18/2007 3:00:16 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 29 replies · 187+ views
    Adelaide Now ^ | 09/18/2007 | NA
    Meteorite makes villagers ill VILLAGERS in southern Peru have been struck by a mysterious illness after a meteorite made a fiery crash to Earth in their area. Around midday Saturday, villagers were startled by an explosion and a fireball that many were convinced was a plane crashing near their remote village, in the high Andes department of Puno in the Desaguadero region, near the border with Bolivia. Residents complained of headaches and vomiting... Farking Excerpt Snippers... A picture of the crater and a link to an article that makes for fun reading after a Google translation. El Nuevo Diario
  • World facing 'arsenic timebomb'

    08/30/2007 3:14:33 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 29 replies · 770+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, August 30, 2007. | Richard Black
    About 50 million people are affected in Bangladesh About 140 million people, mainly in developing countries, are being poisoned by arsenic in their drinking water, researchers believe. Speaking at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) annual meeting in London, scientists said this will lead to higher rates of cancer in the future. South and East Asia account for more than half of the known cases globally. Eating large amounts of rice grown in affected areas could also be a health risk, scientists said. "It's a global problem, present in 70 countries, probably more," said Peter Ravenscroft, a research associate in...
  • Litvinenko waiter recounts polonium poisoning

    07/15/2007 9:05:34 AM PDT · by DancesWithCats · 5 replies · 895+ views
    London Daily Telegraph ^ | july 15th, 2007 | DancesWithCats
    An assassin sprayed a deadly poison into Alexander Litvinenko's tea, the man who served the victim and his killer has revealed.In the first eyewitness account of the moment the former Russian spy was consigned to death, Norberto Andrade describes how, as he tried to serve drinks to Mr Litvinenko and the former KGB agents Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun, he was deliberately distracted in order, he claims, to allow the killer to add radioactive polonium to a pot of green tea. Mr Andrade, 67, the head barman of the Pine Bar at the Millennium Hotel in London, says investigators later...
  • Green Beret finds mercury in meat from commissary Officials investigate deadly contamination

    06/28/2007 11:27:17 PM PDT · by Bladerunnuh · 4 replies · 773+ views
    "The crux of this issue is the purposeful poisoning of foodstuffs distributed by a military commissary and the only question at this point is whether this represents the first attack on the food supply that deliberately targeted military personnel and their families." Heminger told WND his granddaughter actually noticed the contamination, and if she actually ingested any of the substance that is considered a neurotoxin, she hasn't exhibited any symptoms. "I was concerned because I had never seen drops of mercury in the bottom of a kid's bowl of food," Heminger said. The ground beef had been purchased at a...
  • Seafood imports from China raised in untreated sewage -treated with dangerous drugs, chemicals

    06/04/2007 4:26:54 PM PDT · by slappyTmonkey · 23 replies · 1,167+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 06-04-2007
    Many of the products used are banned in the U.S. Traces of these drugs have been showing up increasingly in imports – especially from China. "In addition to potentially making people sick, overuse of such drugs is contributing to antibiotic resistance, a growing public health concern in a variety of foods," says Food & Water Watch in its report "Import Alert: Government Fails Consumers, Falls Short on Seafood Inspections." But the grave news on China's seafood exports is worsened by the FDA's inability to inspect imports. The percentage of important seafood shipments with samples taken for laboratory inspection has decreased...
  • Pet Food Crisis Highlights Chinese Food Safety Woes

    04/13/2007 8:53:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 696+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 13, 2007
    SHANGHAI, China — The list of Chinese food exports rejected at American ports reads like a chef's nightmare: pesticide-laden pea pods, drug-laced catfish, filthy plums and crawfish contaminated with salmonella. Yet, it took a much more obscure item, contaminated wheat gluten, to focus U.S. public attention on a very real and frightening fact: China's chronic food safety woes are now an international concern. In recent weeks, scores of cats and dogs in America have died of kidney failure blamed on eating pet food containing gluten from China that was tainted with melamine, a chemical used in plastics, fertilizers and flame...
  • Kmart worker accused of poisoning

    04/11/2007 10:54:34 AM PDT · by bedolido · 27 replies · 988+ views
    charlotteobserver ^ | 4-11-2007 | staff writer
    former Kmart employee was arrested and accused of putting rat poison in packages of ground beef at one of its stores last week, authorities said. Officials said nobody bought the three packages of tainted meat.Karen Wyndham, 45, of Cottageville, S.C., was charged with tampering with consumer products, according to the FBI. She was arrested Monday and released on a personal recognizance bond after appearing in court. The Kmart where Wyndham worked took all packaged meat off its shelves after an employee conducting a routine inspection found that three packages had been tampered with, The Post and Courier of Charleston reported...
  • ChemNutra Announces Nationwide Wheat Gluten Recall

    04/04/2007 5:42:29 AM PDT · by girlangler · 48 replies · 1,948+ views
    Food and Drug Administration ^ | 4/4/2007 | news release
    ChemNutra Announces Nationwide Wheat Gluten Recall Contact: Devon Blaine/Lisa Baker 310-360-1499 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --Las Vegas, NV -- April 3, 2007 -- ChemNutra Inc., of Las Vegas, Nevada, yesterday recalled all wheat gluten it had imported from one of its three Chinese wheat gluten suppliers – Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. Ltd. The wheat gluten ChemNutra recalled was all shipped from China in 25 kg. paper bags, and distributed to customers in the same unopened bags. The bags were all labeled "Wheat Gluten Batch No.: _______ Net Weight: 25 kg Gross Weight: 25.1 kg Made in China". The batch...
  • Two American Women Poisoned in Moscow

    03/07/2007 6:27:17 AM PST · by libstripper · 6 replies · 445+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 7, 2007 | JIM HEINTZ
    MOSCOW (March 7) - The U.S. Embassy on Wednesday confirmed that two American women have been hospitalized in Moscow for possible thallium poisoning. An embassy spokesman identified the women as Marina Kovalevsky and her daughter Yana, but gave no further details. He said they were hoping to return home soon, but it was not immediately clear when they might be able to do so. The hospital where they have been treated since falling ill on Feb. 24 said Wednesday morning that they were in moderately serious condition. Moscow's top public health doctor, Nikolai Filatov, was quoted by the RIA-Novosti news...
  • American women poisoned in Moscow(thallium)

    03/07/2007 12:53:10 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 1,025+ views
    TLTnews.net ^ | 03/07/07
    American women poisoned in Moscow 03/07/2007 11:49 Two American women are being treated in a Moscow hospital for thallium poisoning, BBC reported. Their condition is described as “fairly serious”. They were staying at a Moscow hotel and fell ill on 24 February, but the circumstances are not yet clear. Russia’s Ekho Moskvy radio said doctors had confirmed that the women, a mother and daughter aged 42 and 26, had been poisoned with highly toxic thallium. According to Kommersant, FSB thinks the poisoning is an attempt to cover up theft traces, the victims’ jewellery was stolen. 49-year-old Marina Kovalevskaya and her...
  • Dad Admits Poisoning Kids' Soup

    02/07/2007 8:05:39 AM PST · by RedRightReturn · 21 replies · 656+ views
    AP ^ | February 7, 2007 | AP
    ATLANTA (AP) - February 7, 2007 - A Georgia man has admitted forcing his young children to eat soup laced with hot peppers, lighter fluid and prescription drugs. Authorities say William Cunningham served the poisoned soup to his three-year-old son and 18-month-old daughter in an attempt to extort money from the Campbell Soup Company. The children recovered after being hospitalized twice last year. Under a plea deal, Cunningham faces up to five years in federal prison. According to prosecutors, Cunningham called Campbell and threatened to sue. (Copyright 2007 by the Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
  • A sky-high Swedish farewell cake poisons 13

    10/29/2004 9:01:41 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 8 replies · 492+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | Fri Oct 29, 3:14 PM ET
    A sky-high Swedish farewell cake poisons 13 Fri Oct 29, 3:14 PM ET STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Thirteen employees of a botanical garden in Stockholm ended up in the hospital showing symptoms of drug poisoning after a departing intern served them cake as a goodbye gesture, police said. A 27-year-old intern at the Bergianska traedgaard in Stockholm had baked a cake for his colleagues on his last day of work. After eating the cake with their morning coffee, "five people became ill. They showed signs of having been drugged. Later on, more people got sick," Stockholm police spokesman Bjoern Pihlblad told...
  • Russia links YUKOS boss to Litvinenko

    12/27/2006 12:26:05 PM PST · by A. Pole · 33 replies · 630+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed Dec 27, 2006 | Guy Faulconbridge
    MOSCOW, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Russian prosecutors said on Wednesday that Leonid Nevzlin, a former top manager of the YUKOS business empire, could have ordered the poisoning of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko. "A version is being looked at that those who ordered these crimes could be the same people who are on an international wanted list for serious and very serious crimes, one of whom is ... Leonid Nevzlin," Russia's prosecutor-general's office said in a statement posted on its Web site www.genproc.gov.ru. [...] A trusted business partner of jailed Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Nevzlin has provoked the Kremlin's...
  • Wrap: New polonium poisoning cases in Germany

    12/11/2006 4:02:47 PM PST · by sergey1973 · 14 replies · 1,417+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 12-11-2006 | RIA Novosti
    MOSCOW, December 11 (RIA Novosti) - The ex-wife of a witness in the case of a murdered former Russian security officer, her two children and boyfriend have been hospitalized in Germany with suspected polonium-210 poisoning, the head of the investigation team in Hamburg said Monday. He said a medical examination will show if their organisms contain a dangerous concentration of the radioactive element. Authorities did not identify them by name. Businessman Dmitry Kovtun met with defector Alexander Litvinenko around the time of his poisoning at the beginning of November. Litvinenko, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin's administration and a...
  • Spy death was murder say police as poison case takes fresh twist

    12/07/2006 1:23:58 AM PST · by Mrs Ivan · 6 replies · 635+ views
    The Times ^ | December 07, 2006 | Tony Halpin & Daniel McGrory
    British detectives have questioned a Russian businessman who entertained Alexander Litvinenko in a London hotel on the day the former spy fell ill. At the same time Scotland Yard confirmed that the investigation into Litvinenko’s death by radiation poisoning had become a murder inquiry. Police have been following the trail across London left by Dimitri Kovtun and his close friend, Andrei Lugovoy. It includes a number of locations where polonium-210 has been found. Mr Kovtun was interviewed by Russian prosecutors yesterday in the presence of the British detectives, who arrived in Moscow on Monday. He and and Mr Lugovoy were...
  • Radiation is found at our Moscow embassy

    12/07/2006 12:49:57 AM PST · by Mrs Ivan · 20 replies · 659+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | 7th December 2006 | MAIL FOREIGN SERVICE
    Radiation has been found at the British Embassy in Moscow, it emerged yesterday. On Monday, officials said a room there would be tested as a precaution after former KGB bodyguard Andrei Lugovoi went there to deny involvement in poisoning Alexander Litvinenko. Mr Lugovoi and another Russian businessman reportedly met former spy Mr Litvinenko at the Millennium Hotel in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, on November 1, the day he was apparently poisoned. A spokesman said: 'A team of experts have concluded a precautionary check of the British Embassy. 'They have found no danger to public health. Small traces of radiation were found...
  • Litvinenko Probe Continues Under Russia's Watchful Eye

    12/06/2006 2:54:24 PM PST · by sergey1973 · 2 replies · 304+ views
    Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty ^ | December 6, 2006 | RFERL
    MOSCOW, December 6, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- A team of British investigators today is continuing work on the case of Aleksandr Litvinenko. The former Federal Security Service (FSB) officer died in London last month from poisoning by the rare radioactive isotope polonium-210. Since then, British authorities have literally followed the polonium trail to more than a dozen locations in London, three British Airways jets, and a handful of potential suspects in Moscow.
  • Radioactive traces at Arsenal stadium(polonium 210, Litvinenko case)

    12/06/2006 5:01:00 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 529+ views
    SMH ^ | 12/06/06
    Radioactive traces at Arsenal stadium December 6, 2006 - 12:11PM British investigators have found minute traces of polonium 210, the radioactive isotope that killed former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, at a London soccer stadium. The traces were found at the stadium of English Premier League club Arsenal. "Minute quantities [of polonium] were found at barely detectable levels at localised areas," said Health Protection Agency spokeswoman Katherine Lewis. "There is no risk to public health." British police are in Moscow investigating Litvinenko's death in a case that has strained ties between Britain and Russia since the exiled former spy on his...
  • Russia demands the handover of Putin's critics in exchange for poison case help

    12/05/2006 11:03:28 PM PST · by MadIvan · 57 replies · 1,266+ views
    The Times ^ | December 6, 2006 | Tony Halpin and Daniel McGrory
    Russia named its price yesterday for providing help in the investigation into the death by poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko. It demanded that Britain hand over the enemies of President Putin who have been given asylum in London.The ultimatum came as Russian officials imposed strict limits on how Scotland Yard detectives will be allowed to operate as they began their investigation in Moscow. The strict conditions threatened to deepen the diplomatic rift between Moscow and London caused by the death last month by radioactive polonium-210 poisoning of Litvinenko. John Reid, the Home Secretary, pledged this week that no diplomatic obstacles would...